More than 300 Xcel Energy customers went without power for more than 30 minutes Thursday, Sept. 6, after a commercial truck knocked down a utility pole in downtown Monticello. Seven Xcel customers waited until 4 a.m. Sept. 7 for reconnections.
At about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, a Coon Rapids man driving an International Harvester truck that is licensed to a Minneapolis glass company struck a pole in the area of State Highway 25 between Broadway and River streets. Witnesses reported the driver was trying to avoid a collision with a second vehicle, a 1996 Chrysler Concorde, before striking the pole.
The falling pole brought down two other poles and a transformer bank, an Xcel spokesperson said, and the incident left live wires draped over the two vehicles and others in the vicinity. The State Patrol reported no injuries.
Xcel reported a second, larger power outage in the area Sept. 6, when a fallen wire at Hwys. 25 and 10 left nearly 2,200 customers without power in Big Lake from 10:26 to 11:37 p.m.
By Paul Rignell